Well the attack against Rush Limbaugh is on again after he had some criticizing words for none other than the pope himself. In a recent speech given by Pope Francis, he touched on a few economic issues involving the world, and Limbaugh didn’t like where he was headed. He ended up lashing out against the pope, which seem to have a few Catholics and humanitarians upset. They have formed a petition demanding the conservative talk show host take back his accusations.
Billionaire George Soros has banded together with 6,300 other likeminded people, in a petition making their demands. The number continues to grow larger and larger, as in all honesty, they movement was only suspected to have about 1,000 signatures.
In the petition, Soros writes:
“We are disturbed by Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary comments last Wednesday, November 27th about Pope Francis and are joining together with Catholics and other allies throughout the nation to support the Holy Father. To call the Francis a proponent of “pure marxism” is both mean spirited and naive. Francis’s critique of unrestrained capitalism is in line with the Church’s social teaching. His particular criticism of “trickle down economics” strengthens what Church authorities have said for decades: any economic system which deprives the poor of their dignity has no place within a just society.
Contrary to what Mr. Limbaugh suggests, the Catholic Church isn’t built on money, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
We call on Mr. Limbaugh to apologize and retract his remarks. We urge other Church organizations and leaders–both ordained and lay–to also condemn Mr. Limbaugh’s comments.
We proudly stand with Pope Francis as he provides prophetic leadership for the Catholic Church and the entire world. “
Limbaugh however disagrees with the petition calling it the “Pope Soap Opera” where he stars as the event’s villain. He says his opposer’s main argument is based on a technicality saying the pope didn’t say what Limbaugh said he did. Limbaugh explains that the translated version that he read, used the words “unfettered capitalism,” word for word. The heat was turned up after Limbaugh used the Pope’s words to label him as a Marxist.
Limbaugh explained, “I read on numerous blogs summaries of what the pope had said. There is no question that the pope had some very critical things to say about capitalism that are echoed by what you hear your average leftist say about it.” He added, “I was kind of surprised by it. I said so. I said it sounds Marxist. So now the writers of the soap opera have decided that I have stirred things up enough that I can once again become an elevated villain.”
In a response to the petition, Limbaugh says:
“Anybody who’s listened to this program regularly knows what an admirer I am of the Catholic Church, and particularly Pope John Paul II. I’ve been to the Vatican more than anyplace else outside this country in the world…
Now, one of the things that the cable experts are saying is, “The pope never said ‘unfettered capitalism.'” Well, what I read, translating what he said, did say it. Now, I didn’t put any words in his mouth. I was simply sharing with you reports of people that read a translation of the most recent papal document from which all of this comes, and it read no different than what Elizabeth Warren might say, and Elizabeth Warren is not the Catholic Church, and neither is Barack Obama.
It sounded exactly like what they would say, and I was really lamenting it. I was hoping that the Catholic Church had not been taken over in a deep political sense by the politicized left. I know that the Catholic Church was an early signatory to the welfare state because they equated it with charity. It was one of the brilliant techniques of FDR. One of the brilliant stratagems of the early welfare state advocates was to equate it with charity, which is not what it is.
The welfare state isn’t charity.
The welfare state is the redistribution of income.
The welfare state is taking from producers and giving it non-producers.
No charity in it at all. But on the surface, it may look like it, and many of the Catholic bishops ended up supporting the welfare state in a massive way and became known as supporters of the Democrat Party, all because it gave them an easy linkage to what appeared to be charities. Now, they’ll probably attack me for saying this, too. Fine. I don’t care because none of this is made up.
But, folks, if it weren’t for capitalism, there might be have been enough wealth for people to donate to the Catholic Church or any other religion. Capitalism has raised and elevated more people out of poverty than any welfare program or welfare state or socialist country ever has. It isn’t even close. Capitalism has elevated more people out of poverty and low-income status than even domestic charities have done, and they do great work in this country.”
As the debate between the two parties continue, it has been speculated that the Pope, rather than Limbaugh, is expected to clarify his statements.
Do you think Limbaugh should have to apologize for his opinions?